Gorthwedh: art project

View of the Botallack mines

The Tin Coast is a place of many contrasts. It’s abundant with nature, wildlife and geological riches as well as having a visible legacy of mining history dating back thousands of years.

‘Why is this place special to you?’ This is the question asked by Callum Mitchell, a Cornish artist commissioned to lead ‘Gorthwedh’: an evolving arts project running throughout 2019 - reaching into 2020.

Gorthwedh means ‘contrast’ in Cornish, and this project reflects on the area’s industrial past, its social changes and its meaning to residents and visitors today.

Gorthwedh original film teaser

Join us to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences of the landscape surrounding you in this exploratory project on the Tin Coast.

Contemporary art project
Cornish artist Callum Mitchell

Lead Artist Callum Mitchell

With a background in playwriting, filming and curating art exhibitions, Penzance-based artist Callum has been collecting stories from people on the Tin Coast throughout the summer. Gorthwedh, the original film, is now screening in a new pop-up structure from November with more screenings in accessible venues being announced soon.

About the film
Mark Jenkin

Cinematography by Mark Jenkin

Working closely alongside lead artist Callum, creating a textural feel for Gorthwedh on 16mm film, is Mark Jenkin. Mark is a filmmaker based in Newlyn, who is currently receiving praise for BAIT, a hypnotic film on the effects of tourism in Cornwall. Mark Kermode called it ‘A genuine modern masterpiece’.

Choughs in West Cornwall

Original score by Rick Williams

Gorthwedh's original score by the elusive Cornish based musician and composer Rick Williams, creates a beautiful, evocative atmosphere resonating throughout the film.

" There was no script and no agenda, my one aim was to turn the focus on some of those who are not usually given the opportunity to have their voices heard, to simply listen to people and attempt to engage them in an open conversation about their lives and how they feel about the place where they live. "
- Callum Mitchell

Latest updates

22 Nov 19

New dates announced: for screenings in clifftop cinema

Due to popular demand new screening dates have been announced for screenings of Gorthwedh the film, in the clifftop cinema by Falmouth University. Limited tickets are available. Book now.

Botallack Tin Coast Cornwall Buildings

20 Nov 19

First two screenings of Gorthwedh take place in clifftop cinema

With the exploratory temporary structure by Falmouth University now complete, Callum Mitchell welcomes filmgoers to the first two screenings of Gorthwedh, the original film taking place in the clifftop cinema overlooking Cape Cornwall.

Botallack Tin Coast Cornwall Buildings

18 Nov 19

First 4 screenings of original film take place

As the structure by Falmouth University is finished, the first 4 screenings of Gorthwedh, the original film take place in Botallack which is transformed into a mini cinema. Callum Mitchell attended each session to meet film viewers and explore people's connections to the Tin Coast. The temporary structure is set to be ready for screenings from 20 November onwards.

Tin Coast Cornwall Botallack buildings